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    2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback To Start At $22,190*


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    This fall will see the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback arrive at dealerships. Pricing for the new Cruze variant will start at $22,190 (includes a $875 destination charge). Compared to the sedan, the Cruze Hatch is about $5,000 more. It should be noted that the hatchback isn't offered in the base L or LS trims like the sedan. The more apt comparison would the Cruze LT sedan which begins at $20,695. Comparing the prices of the LT models sees a difference of $1,495.

     

    The Cruze Hatchback will use the same turbocharged 1.4: four-cylinder engine with 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. No word if the hatchback will get a manual transmission or if it will be just an automatic only model.

     

    Compared to the sedan, the Cruze hatchback offers an additional 3.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats (18.5 vs. 14.​8 cubic feet). Space increases to 42 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded.

     

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    2017 CHEVROLET CRUZE HATCHBACK STARTS AT $22,190

     

    DETROIT – The all-new 2017 Cruze Hatchback will start at $22,190 when it arrives in dealerships this fall. The price includes the destination charge, but not tax, title and other dealer fees.

     

    The Cruze Hatch is the latest addition to the expanding Cruze lineup, which was redesigned for 2016. It will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package.

     

    Sharing the Ecotec 1.4L turbo and dynamic driving experience of the sedan, the Cruze Hatch offers increased cargo space of up to 47.2 cubic feet (1,189 L). Along with the sedan, it is the most connected car on the road, with segment-exclusive technologies such as 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, Teen Driver and wireless charging. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility make the most of Cruze’s connectivity with a smartphone.

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    Wow that sounds a little pricey to me.. This is still a compact car.

     

    Focus Hatch: $19,015

    Mazda 3: $18,545

    Golf: $20,175

    Forte5: $18,090

    Elantra GT: $18,800

    Impreza Hatch: $18,795

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    WOW, until I looked at the upper left corner and saw the Chevy Logo, I thought they were showing off a Mazda. That long ass nose and over all body shape reminds me of a Mazda CX3.

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    Wow that sounds a little pricey to me.. This is still a compact car.

     

    Focus Hatch: $19,015

    Mazda 3: $18,545

    Golf: $20,175

    Forte5: $18,090

    Elantra GT: $18,800

    Impreza Hatch: $18,795

    It's premature to assume these things until we see what it comes with standard.

     

    "It should be noted that the hatchback isn't offered in the base L or LS trims like the sedan. The more apt comparison would the Cruze LT sedan which begins at $20,695. Comparing the prices of the LT models sees a difference of $1,495."

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    That's a bit much....

     

     

    You would think they would make these in L and LS trim, as small businesses would use them (think HHRish)

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    It is pricey, but it is also a more up level trim Cruze.  I am not sure how it compares to all those other cars trim levels though.  And Car and Driver just has a comparison in this segment which the Mazda 3 won for the 3rd time in a row, so that is still the best buy.  I don't think the Cruze hatch is overpriced compared to the Cruze sedan, when you look at it that way the hatch might be a good value, it costs about the same equally equipped.

     

    I think the Sonic and Spark need combined into one sub-compact cheap car, that is like $13,500 and bare bones.  The Cruze should shrink in size and price closer to what the Sonic is now, this way Malibu and Impala stick around.  As they push the Cruze up market, it gets right on top of the Malibu, and big cars aren't selling, if the Malibu grows anymore they'll discontinue the Impala.  

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    Wow that sounds a little pricey to me.. This is still a compact car.

     

    Focus Hatch: $19,015

    Mazda 3: $18,545

    Golf: $20,175

    Forte5: $18,090

    Elantra GT: $18,800

    Impreza Hatch: $18,795

    It's premature to assume these things until we see what it comes with standard.

     

    "It should be noted that the hatchback isn't offered in the base L or LS trims like the sedan. The more apt comparison would the Cruze LT sedan which begins at $20,695. Comparing the prices of the LT models sees a difference of $1,495."

     

    You're definitely right but that sucks that you're again forced into a package if you want a hatch. 

     

    A lot of people like the added space and ability of a hatch and you have to pony up a few grand more for Chevy's as opposed to those others listed. Not everybody wants or can afford the creature comforts but need the space of a hatch.

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    Wow that sounds a little pricey to me.. This is still a compact car.

     

    Focus Hatch: $19,015

    Mazda 3: $18,545

    Golf: $20,175

    Forte5: $18,090

    Elantra GT: $18,800

    Impreza Hatch: $18,795

    It's premature to assume these things until we see what it comes with standard.

     

    "It should be noted that the hatchback isn't offered in the base L or LS trims like the sedan. The more apt comparison would the Cruze LT sedan which begins at $20,695. Comparing the prices of the LT models sees a difference of $1,495."[/size]

    You're definitely right but that sucks that you're again forced into a package if you want a hatch. 

     

    A lot of people like the added space and ability of a hatch and you have to pony up a few grand more for Chevy's as opposed to those others listed. Not everybody wants or can afford the creature comforts but need the space of a hatch.

    I agree with that. It sucks not having a cheaper model but I get why they would want a higher margin model out first. Maybe they will tweak that next year.

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    I think the pricing is fine. I mean, in terms of driving refinement, this Cruze is easily the match or better of the Golf.

     

    And again, I want the American car to cost more than imports - in every essense. It's the better car. Buy it, and make America great again, by seeing the USA in a Chevrolet.

     

    We, as North Americans should not look to get a home team discount, not when they're kicking ass and taking names. No, we need to respect them the only way possible, by realizing that all this greatness, from GM, Ford, and even FCA US comes at a cost.

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    I think the pricing is fine. I mean, in terms of driving refinement, this Cruze is easily the match or better of the Golf.

     

    And again, I want the American car to cost more than imports - in every essense. It's the better car. Buy it, and make America great again, by seeing the USA in a Chevrolet.

     

    We, as North Americans should not look to get a home team discount, not when they're kicking ass and taking names. No, we need to respect them the only way possible, by realizing that all this greatness, from GM, Ford, and even FCA US comes at a cost.

    No offense but that is simply the worst thing they could possibly do is to price their cars (assuming they are comparably equipped, mind you) HIGHER than the imports. This isn't Cadillac we are talking about here. This is the ultra competitive compact market, where price is (whether you like it or not) king and you price competitively if you want to succeed in that market.

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    Well, it's not a base model, so... I think its is priced competitively. I think the base price is not low because it's priced high, but because of the omission of a model with less features. Which is admirable, and to me it is a sigh they do want to go further.

     

    And it is a great car...easily worth $2000 over the Toyopets. It is rivals with the current engine right now are the Civic hatch, and Golf.

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    Well, it's not a base model, so... I think its is priced competitively. I think the base price is not low because it's priced high, but because of the omission of a model with less features. Which is admirable, and to me it is a sigh they do want to go further.

    And it is a great car...easily worth $2000 over the Toyopets. It is rivals with the current engine right now are the Civic hatch, and Golf.

    I'm not saying the car isn't worth what they are asking but that wasn't what you were suggesting and as a result not what I was talking about. You think they should be priced more and if the competition is comparably equipped, then you don't just ask for more money just because you think it's worth more. It's worth more when it is seen as being just as reliable and bullet proof as a Honda Civic. Then, you can start carrying the same premium that a Civic does in the average customers mind. Edited by surreal1272
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    Real prices on the Cruze that are out there now are quite a bit higher than the outgoing Cruze. The new Cruze is priced pretty tough. It will take a long time for the customer base to get used to it.

    The new Cruze LT doesn't come with leather wrap wheel and I think there is a tech pkg upgrade that is an option. The hatch will probably get those things standard.

    I would bet the hatch has extra kit over a base LT. I will guess too the automatic is standard and manual is probably a delete option.

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    Wow that sounds a little pricey to me.. This is still a compact car.

     

    Focus Hatch: $19,015

    Mazda 3: $18,545

    Golf: $20,175

    Forte5: $18,090

    Elantra GT: $18,800

    Impreza Hatch: $18,795

    It's premature to assume these things until we see what it comes with standard.

     

    "It should be noted that the hatchback isn't offered in the base L or LS trims like the sedan. The more apt comparison would the Cruze LT sedan which begins at $20,695. Comparing the prices of the LT models sees a difference of $1,495."

     

    You're definitely right but that sucks that you're again forced into a package if you want a hatch. 

     

    A lot of people like the added space and ability of a hatch and you have to pony up a few grand more for Chevy's as opposed to those others listed. Not everybody wants or can afford the creature comforts but need the space of a hatch.

     

     

     

    Agreed....in my case, I just don't need all the toys. Heck, I miss the fact that the Focus hatch used to come with steelies in base trim (Roads here in MI are really, really, bad) I had a cavalier wagon and I was quite fine with that. The hatch should be a choice, not a luxury option. Heck, for a few grand more, I might as well get a Nox then....

     

    Get the feeling GM will get burned here.....

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    Let me inject some real world here. 

    The Hatch is going to be a low volume model and it is going to be more expensive to build. 

     

    Because it is lower volume and to help cover the added cost they make it only available on the upper level trims. This is the same tact that they took with the Diesels as the cars were not cheap to build and will be low volume. 

     

    By doing this they can keep the cost to with in $200 of the LT sedan. Also doing production in Mexico will also try to keep expenses down. 

    The reality is while many on the web say build it, build it not that many are expected to buy. To make money and at least offer a package that looks attractive and still hold some profit the higher package is only offered at least for now. 

    I suspect if the demand is higher they may offer more versions but right now they really don't expect a ton of sales. Lets face it if not for the sales outside the states there would be no hatch here as development cost are just not in line. 

     

    The real issue here is this is not a big segment, GM is not importing them in from overseas where they are made at a lower cost and it is just a tough segment to make money in with the way and the numbers GM expects. 

    Note today automakers are picking and choosing models more on total profit potential and not just making some money. They are now looking at models to see what is the most profitable and even if it is making a small profit the model can be dropped and replaced with a more profitable model. We just saw this with the Verano. Buick will get a new model we have yet to see but it will be expected to sell in higher numbers and make more money. 

     

    Just making a simple profit is just not enough anymore. 

     

    The truth is if everyone who said to build it buys one we would have a run away hit but you know they won't. 

     

    The end game here is GM is not building cars anymore just to survive but now they can pick and choose to make the most profit with where they are at. Also they are out to build cars people will buy and not just want to buy. 

     

    As for the prices listed. lets face it most will have $2K of options added in most cased and put them right where the Chevy is anyway., Few people buy stripped models anymore and $19K does not buy you much in the compact class anymore. 

     

    If anything GM can market the hatch as a better value as most of what people want will already be in the car. 

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    that's bunk to say it costs more to make the hatch.

     

    i'd love for you to prove to us why that statement has any water to it whatsoever.  Because its absolute bunk.  I bet you would say that about VW and the Golf too

     

    Chevy's big problem with the Cruze is going to be that they punted big time on the styling.  They dumbed it down to play to the Corolla / old Civic crowd.  There's no sizzle in the steak anymore.  In the meantime, Honda does the opposite and turns the Civic into a sexy machine.

     

    Some of the cars in the compact class are pushing 20-30% in the US for hatch sales.  The millennials love hatches.  I see a ton around, Mazda 3's , Foci, Elantras, Even if the Cruze sells 10-15% as hatches they will be in the thick.

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    I've read many recent articles stating the hatchback bodystyle is trending upward in sales over the next few years.  I believe it.

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    I've read many recent articles stating the hatchback bodystyle is trending upward in sales over the next few years.  I believe it.

    Completely understandable. They honestly just make more sense with the added space for a car that will get the same mpg and basically cost the same...but you get more room. I love the hatch design. 

     

    I don't agree with only offering a premium trim level, unless it is just a first year thing like Surreal suggested, because they will make it unattainable for some in a class of vehicle that was once marketed around the cheap and affordable. 

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    Yes, as a Sir General Moron, I want/decree that American/domestic cars to be priced higher than the competition, because it is evident of their superiority everywhere, in mostly every segment - and yes also those levels of pricing need to be enforced world-wide. Chevy is now way better than Toyopet. And even with Honda. Even VW in like for like segments of the market.

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    Or they could just make a superior product and let the product sell itself.. it will be a long road but with a price advantage and a superior product they would own the market, hands down. 

     

    If the product truly is the best then it is only a matter of time before the own the market, if it isn't then it won't. 

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    Yes, as a Sir General Moron, I want/decree that American/domestic cars to be priced higher than the competition, because it is evident of their superiority everywhere, in mostly every segment - and yes also those levels of pricing need to be enforced world-wide. Chevy is now way better than Toyopet. And even with Honda. Even VW in like for like segments of the market.

    "better"

     

    In what way(s)? That's a subjective thing to say and that alone means they cannot price their cars above the competition. There are just too many variables in a decision making process for spending tens of thousands of dollars on a car that one brand and car will never be "better" across the entire board. It just isn't possible. Okay, it's possible if the competition just decided to give up but that is not realistic. 

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    Well, I think the Cruze is better than the Toyota CorollaToaster...more refined, nicer interior, better engine, a real transmission, better fuel economy, and more high tech made conventional like Android Auto/Carplay.

     

    I think the Silverado is better than the Tundrarizer - the 6.2 crushes the iForce V8, and the Silverado is more refined, Toyota may have a better off-road truck variants, but that's too nichey, and most trucks in their regular 4x4 forms are pretty capable with software assistance like hill descent control. 

     

    I think the Malibu is totally superior to the Toyota Crapry. Better interior, a real effort of styling (except both car's front ends make me retch), I would say the base engine of the Malibu is far better than the 2.5 in the Crapry, and makes up for the slight difference of the LTG and the 2GR-FE. Plus the Malibu Hybrid...

     

    I think the Impala and Avalon are pretty much even - some things of the Impala are better, the Avalon has a nicer interior and a smoother engine, but lacks Android Auto, Carplay, and also has a smaller trunk. I think the Avalon hybrid being a bonus is less a thing because the Malibu is already now a sizable family car like the Fusion, so making a large sedan is kind of less impactful.

     

    And in terms of subcompacts, $h! even a Spark is superior to the Yaris...YOU know that too.

     

    And then the only small car that Toyota makes is good is a disguised Mazda. But still, why make it themselves, when they can just get a Mazda?

     

    And then large suvs - Tahoe wipes the floor of the Sequioa....

     

    YES, Toyopet is clearly outclassed, and Hyundai is the Toyopet that you MUST buy if you simply cannot live without a Toyotpet.

     

    And in terms of luxo...maybe Lexus still has it slightly on build quality and materials - but a combination of luxo/performance, Cadillac reigns SUPREME.

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    By mocking the Toyota products you're basically just saying you're biased against them and your argument is useless because it is too opinion based. "better" X Y and Z but nothing about that is factual. 

     

    I think the only one that is a hands-down winner is the Silverado over the Tundra and that's mostly because of the multitude of variations that the Silverado is available in. 

     

    You also conveniently skilled over one of their most dominant vehicles in its own market, the Pruis. 

     

    I'm honestly not saying one is better than the other and at the same time, that is my point. To you, the entire GM lineup crushes the Toyota lineup. To some body else it could be completely flipped. And, with the Cruze being brand new, it should be ahead in most measurable categories. To us, we would rather a conventional auto transmission, to non-enthusiasts, they would likely just prefer the seamless CVT junk that we can't stand. 

     

    Just playing a little Devil's advocate here, brother. 

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    that's bunk to say it costs more to make the hatch.

     

    i'd love for you to prove to us why that statement has any water to it whatsoever.  Because its absolute bunk.  I bet you would say that about VW and the Golf too

     

    Chevy's big problem with the Cruze is going to be that they punted big time on the styling.  They dumbed it down to play to the Corolla / old Civic crowd.  There's no sizzle in the steak anymore.  In the meantime, Honda does the opposite and turns the Civic into a sexy machine.

     

    Some of the cars in the compact class are pushing 20-30% in the US for hatch sales.  The millennials love hatches.  I see a ton around, Mazda 3's , Foci, Elantras, Even if the Cruze sells 10-15% as hatches they will be in the thick.

     

    Not my statement but someone from GM.

     

    But it is plausible just due to the fact that they will makeup only 1/4 of sales at best and the less you make of some the higher cost per unit. 

    Add to that you have to have additional cost of crash testing over fewer models and the additional glass and sheet metal used along with more upgraded trim panels that need to be finished vs just trunk matting. 

    Also factor in that they sell less Cruze globally than most other models since they are no longer in Europe. That really hurts as Europe is the largest hatch market there is. 

     

    As for Millennials they are far from the largest segment of buyers and not essentially a profit center for an automaker. 

    This is one of those deals where you have to just use some common sense. If there were large profits here GM would be into it whole hog but the fact is this is not a major profit center and while others may make some money GM can make much more with other models like the Nox etc and sell them well north of the 200K unit mark per year vs. 15K-25K. 

     

    GM I think is just testing the waters and if people respond you will see more if not then don't expect a lot of hatches. 

    As for trends the smaller cars will have hatches as that is the only way you can carry anything. But from Compact up it is a sedan market as a whole. You need to use your trends in context as you have to factor the hatches are made up more by sub compact and micro cars as a whole. 

     

    Companies like Ford, Mazda and VW sell their hatches globally in all areas not like Chevy that only covers part of he globe. 

     

    People respond here expect higher volumes and cheaper models. Till then it is a LT and hell $22k is not much for a car anymore when the average price is now over $35K. As for the low ball cars you don't get much there anymore, 

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    Yes, as a Sir General Moron, I want/decree that American/domestic cars to be priced higher than the competition, because it is evident of their superiority everywhere, in mostly every segment - and yes also those levels of pricing need to be enforced world-wide. Chevy is now way better than Toyopet. And even with Honda. Even VW in like for like segments of the market.

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      Acura did a significant refresh for the 2017 MDX with the biggest change being the design. Up front, Acura has swapped the shield grille for a larger pentagonal grille from the 2016 Precision Concept. While the shield was considered by many to a bit polarizing and a turn-off, I find the new grille to be a bit cartoonish. It doesn’t really work with the rest of the MDX’s design. At least certain traits such as the ‘Jewel Eye’ headlights and sloping roofline are still here and still work. The interior hasn’t changed much since our last test and that’s both a good and bad thing. The good is the MDX’s material quality is towards the top of the class with a fair amount of leather and wood trim used throughout. Although considering the price tag of just over $59,000, it would have been nice if Acura added some more luxury touches. Those sitting up front or in the second-row will find plenty of room and a set of supportive seats. The MDX is one of the few models in the class that offers a third-row as standard, but it is best reserved for small kids or being folded into the floor to increase cargo space. The bad mostly deals with the AcuraLink infotainment system. This dual screen setup brings more headaches than any other system I have used. A perfect example is when you want to switch from music to a podcast on your USB device. You need to use the top screen and a control knob to go through the various menus to find the show you want to listen to. Not only is this pain, but it also creates a distraction when driving as your eyes are taken off from the road. I wish Acura would scrap this system and start back from square one. Power still comes from a 3.5L V6 offering 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic routes power to either the front-wheels or all four-wheels via Acura’s super-handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD). Advanced models like ours come standard with a stop-start system.  The V6 in the MDX is such an impressive motor. Power delivery is quite strong throughout the rev band and the engine doesn’t make much noise during acceleration. However, the stop-start is a bit of a mess. It takes a few seconds for the system to realize that you took your foot off the brake before it restarts the engine. The system can be turned off which we recommend doing. The nine-speed automatic needs a bit work as well as we found shifts to be somewhat clunky at low speeds. Also, the transmission is slow to downshift when you need to make a pass. At least paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel solves this issue somewhat as you can do it yourself. EPA fuel economy figures stand at 19 City/26 Highway/22 Combined when the MDX is equipped with SH-AWD. I got none too shabby 23 MPG average for the week. One area we’re glad to see Acura not messing with the MDX refresh is the suspension tuning. The MDX has stuck the right balance of comfort and handling. Some of this is credited to the Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) that alters various settings for the suspension, steering, and a few other items. This means the MDX can be tailored to deliver a sporty ride when driving down a curvy road and ironing out road imperfections when commuting. There is one big issue for the MDX, price. Our MDX Advance & Entertainment tester came with an as-tested price of $59,475 with destination. Considering what you get for the price and compare against other models, the MDX is a bit of a poor value. Stick with one of the lower trims. The Acura MDX stands in a bit of an odd middle ground, where it is above the mainstream, but below luxury competitors. It remains a very competent crossover that seems to do most things right. But we can’t help but wonder if Acura was given a bit more time to mess with the stop-start system and automatic transmission, along with making it slightly more luxurious, it could take it a bit further from the middle ground the MDX currently sits in. Disclaimer: Acura Provided the MDX, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2017
      Make: Acura
      Model: MDX
      Trim: Advanced Entertainment SH-AWD
      Engine: 3.5L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC V6
      Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 290 @ 6,200
      Torque @ RPM: 267 @ 4,700
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/26/22
      Curb Weight: 4,292 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Lincoln, AL
      Base Price: $58,500
      As Tested Price: $59,475 (Includes $975.00 Destination Charge)
      Options: N/A
    • By William Maley
      The rivalry of the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang has been going for ages in the U.S. But now this fight has expanded into China.
      Automotive News reports that a growing group of Chinese buyers are being drawn towards to these models as the exude the no-apologies Americana attitude.
      "We're seeing the beginning of a muscle car culture here. Something that is uniquely American appeals to the Chinese consumer. The image that it relays to the automotive public is very positive," said James Chao, a China market auto analyst with IHS Markit.
      Sales of both models are small with Chevrolet only moving 2,000 Camaros since its launch 2011. Ford is doing slightly better with 6,200 Mustangs sold since its launch in 2015. In the first quarter, Mustang sales saw a 90 percent increase to 963 vehicles. Part of the reason for the slow sales comes down to the price. The Camaro starts about 399,900 yuan (about $58,000) - more than double of the base price of $26,900 in the U.S. The Mustang isn't that far behind, costing about $15 dollars less. Prices are increased due to a 25 percent import tariff on U.S. made vehicles, homologation and shipping fees, and Chinese buyers trending to splurge on higher-time models.
      But despite the low sales, the Camaro and Mustang are bringing buyers to dealers. These models act as eye candy to help draw shoppers into showrooms with the hope they'll purchase a vehicle, where it be the eye candy or something a little less exciting.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      The rivalry of the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang has been going for ages in the U.S. But now this fight has expanded into China.
      Automotive News reports that a growing group of Chinese buyers are being drawn towards to these models as the exude the no-apologies Americana attitude.
      "We're seeing the beginning of a muscle car culture here. Something that is uniquely American appeals to the Chinese consumer. The image that it relays to the automotive public is very positive," said James Chao, a China market auto analyst with IHS Markit.
      Sales of both models are small with Chevrolet only moving 2,000 Camaros since its launch 2011. Ford is doing slightly better with 6,200 Mustangs sold since its launch in 2015. In the first quarter, Mustang sales saw a 90 percent increase to 963 vehicles. Part of the reason for the slow sales comes down to the price. The Camaro starts about 399,900 yuan (about $58,000) - more than double of the base price of $26,900 in the U.S. The Mustang isn't that far behind, costing about $15 dollars less. Prices are increased due to a 25 percent import tariff on U.S. made vehicles, homologation and shipping fees, and Chinese buyers trending to splurge on higher-time models.
      But despite the low sales, the Camaro and Mustang are bringing buyers to dealers. These models act as eye candy to help draw shoppers into showrooms with the hope they'll purchase a vehicle, where it be the eye candy or something a little less exciting.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
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